from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The lord or military governor of a medieval German border province.
- n. Used as a hereditary title for certain princes in the Holy Roman Empire.
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- n. A feudal era military-administrative officer of comital rank in the Carolingian empire and some successor states, originally in charge of a border area.
- n. A hereditary ruling prince in certain feudal states of the Holy Roman Empire and elsewhere; the titular equivalent became known as marquis or marquess.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Originally, a lord or keeper of the borders or marches in Germany.
- n. The English equivalent of the German title of nobility, markgraf; a marquis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A German title (markgraf), ‘count or earl of a mark’ or border province: equivalent to marquis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a German nobleman ranking above a count (corresponding in rank to a British marquess)
- n. the military governor of a frontier province in medieval Germany
One of his sons, Henry, called margrave and duke in Franconia, fell fighting against the Normans in 886; another, Poppo, was margrave in Thuringia from 880 to
From this time the Babenbergs lost their influence in Franconia; but in 976 Leopold, a member of the family who was a count in the Donnegau, is described as margrave of the East Mark, a district not more than 60 m. in breadth on the eastern frontier of Bavaria which grew into the duchy of
Charlemagne had established a strong body of troops under a commander who was called a margrave; and for some centuries this city, commanding the Danube, had been deemed one of the strongest defenses of the empire against Mohammedan invasion.
The most common term, however, is "margrave", which is an anglicization of the German word markgraf.
These are a collection of six instrumental works presented by Bach to Christian Ludwig, margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt, in 1721 (though probably composed earlier).
The dangerous frontier counties, or marches, had special governors- graf, margrave, or markherzog; Roland of Roncesvalles, for example, was governor of the Breton march.
Then Spake the margrave: “Ye noble and mighty kings, when ye now ride again (that is the custom) home to Burgundy, I will give you my child, that ye may take her with you.”
When they saw the margrave borne forth dead, no scribe might write or tell the frantic grief of men and women, which there gan show itself from dole of heart.
The stalwart Gernot accosted the hero; to the margrave he spake:
To Uta and her sons Rudeger sent word that they had no more loyal margrave than he.